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Lighten Up, It’s Spring — Lose Weight with Acupuncture!

Eat healthy, and get acupuncture!

Eat healthy, and get acupuncture!

Whether you want to just drop a few pounds or many, acupuncture works with you to make it easier!

Spring is definitely in the air, and for many of us, Winter helped us pack on a few pounds more than we’d like to admit.

Overeating is the obvious first choice, but there are many reasons people become overweight – poor nutrition, heredity, hormonal imbalances, a slow metabolism, and lack of exercise are also some of the most common.

Becoming overweight can also be the consequence of various medical conditions. This includes hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and it also aids in weight loss!

Acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by helping to keep your appetite in check, easing cravings, improving digestion, and enhancing the way nutrients are used.

Boost your energy and your mood with acupuncture!

Boost your energy and your mood with acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatments release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect. It makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating fattening foods.

Those endorphins also affect the digestive and hormonal systems. Acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast, or in this case too slow; specifically your metabolism and will power. If lack of energy is an issue, acupuncture treatments will give you a boost!

In addition, acupuncture strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. A healthy liver is a happy liver! Acupuncture can also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

Acupuncture is effective, painless, and best of all, drug-free! 

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Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

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Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.

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Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

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When Every Day You’re Shuffling — Acupuncture Helps with Hip Pain!

Happy Hips!

Healthy, Happy Hips with Acupuncture!

Hips should be for shimmying, not aching!

Here’s some of what can hurt hips — the big boys are hamstring injuries, osteoarthritis, bursitis in the hip and hip fractures. Hamstring strains can also result in pain and muscular spasm. The pain arises from lower back stresses and injury from trauma. There’s help to be had!

Acupuncture is a hip helper. It serves to reduce inflammation and help the injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses that are causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover. Acupuncture also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress.

Hip pain due to osteoarthritis occurs as a result of the wear and tear of the surface of the hip joint. During the process, inflammation and pain occur, which limits the normal range of motion. If the disease progresses without intervention, eventually the hip loses its ability to function normally. However, acupuncture relieves the inflammation and muscle guarding that cause bursitis hip pain. Acupuncture also restores circulation to the hip joints to allow them to heal. It supports healthy hormone function which will help support the joints’ integrity,  With acupuncture, it is possible for you to return to normal levels of activity pain free!

Hip pain due to bursitis occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that surrounds the joint and lubricates it, becomes inflamed. Bursitis responds very well to acupuncture as it reduces inflammation and speeds healing.

In the case of fracture, acupuncture can support recovery by reducing muscular guarding, helping the body to produce pain-relieving substances, decreasing inflammation and increasing circulation to speed healing.

Let acupuncture help your hips get back to moving you forward!

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Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board – Acupuncture Relieves Joint Stiffness

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Joint Stiffness Relieved With Acupuncture

Joint stiffness refers to pain when moving a joint or the loss of range of motion when moving a joint. The most common joints to become stiff include the joints of the fingers and hands, toes and feet,wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, stress and hormone imbalances are the most common causes of joint stiffness.

In rheumatoid arthritis, these three stages contribute to joint stiffness: first, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, then the joint synovium thickens and finally the inflamed cells release bone-digesting enzymes, often distorting the joint shape. The awesome thing about acupuncture is that it addresses the problem right at the source – inflammation. By reducing and then eliminating the inflammation, the stiffness goes away and the next two stages involving synovium, cartilage and bone simply cannot happen. Even if rheumatoid arthritis has progressed, once the cause of inflammation is gone, bones and cartilage can heal.

Acupuncture treats rheumatoid arthritis very effectively in restoring circulation, reversing inflammation and restoring full range of motion with ease.

Osteoarthritis is also called “degenerative joint disease.” This painful condition occurs when joint cartilage wears away. Resolving the root of the problem, that is, reducing inflammation and improving circulation in the joints, will allow your joint cells to regenerate new tissue and reverse this condition, relieving pain and restoring range of motion. Most people consider joint pain and stiffness an inevitable part of aging. However, joint stiffness and joint wear and tear usually result from chronic inflammation. Upon resolving the inflammation with acupuncture, joint pain and stiffness will disappear.

Stress also causes joint stiffness. Stress hormones act as inflammatory agents in your joints, reducing your body’s ability to heal its tissues. The gentle healing used in acupuncture helps your body to resolve stress, thus removing the cause of inflammation. As a result, cells in your joints can regenerate and repair the tissues.
Another common cause of joint inflammation is hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture’s balancing effects help restore normal hormone levels so that inflammation doesn’t occur and joints regain their health

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Hips Hips Hooray! Acupuncture Helps Hips Heal!

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Acupuncture Helps Hip Pain!

Hip pain causes include hamstring injury, osteoarthritis, bursitis in the hip and hip fractures. Hamstring strains result in pain and muscular spasm. The pain arises from lower back stresses and injury from trauma. Acupuncture serves to reduce inflammation and help the injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover.

Acupuncture also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress. Hip pain due to osteoarthritis occurs as a result of wear and tear of the surface of the hip joint. During the process, inflammation and pain occur, limiting the normal range of motion. If the disease progresses without intervention, eventually the hip loses its ability to function normally. Acupuncture relieves the inflammation and muscle guarding that cause bursitis hip pain. Acupuncture also restores circulation to the hip joints to allow them to heal; it supports healthy hormone function which will help support the joints’ integrity. With acupuncture, it is possible for you to return to normal levels of activity painlessly.

Hip pain due to bursitis occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that surrounds the joint and lubricates it, becomes inflamed. Bursitis responds very well to acupuncture as it reduces inflammation and speeds healing.

In the case of fracture, acupuncture can support recovery by reducing muscular guarding, helping the body to produce pain-relieving substances, decreasing inflammation and increasing circulation to speed healing.

That’s very good news indeed! (“The Pain has left the building…thank you, thank you very much!”)

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Acupuncture – A Safe and Viable Alternative to Knee Surgery

Acupuncture for Healthy Knees!

Acupuncture for Healthy Knees!

Do you suffer from knee pain?

Why does it happen? Knee pain usually arises from injury or a degenerative problem. Conventional medicine uses drugs to reduce pain and inflammation or knee surgery to repair ligaments or replace knee joints. However, patients take on risks and possibly undergo lengthy rehabilitation with knee surgery.

As a safe and viable alternative, acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. The primary degenerative disease, osteoarthritis, is also called “degenerative joint disease.” This painful condition occurs when the cartilage, which provides a cushion between the knee bones, wears away. The Healthcare Medicine Institute analyzed 14 clinical trials involving 3,835 patients and concluded on its website that “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture [or] standard care treatment.”

ACL tear is one of the most debilitating Knee injuries, in which case a knee-stabilizing ligament tears. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Often when people say they’ve torn the cartilage of the knee, they’re referring to the meniscus. A torn meniscus occurs very commonly in sports participation and even in the motions of every day life. The meniscus is a crescent-shaped tissue that cushions the knee from the leg bones and allows a wide range or motion. When the meniscus tears, the knee’s range of motion becomes limited. When the tear is severe, conventional medicine recommends surgery. However, as in the case of other knee injuries, acupuncture can allow you to recover full function of the knee at a fraction of the cost and without the trauma of surgery. Without intervention, the meniscus can take a long time to heal because of limited blood flow into the area. Acupuncture is extremely effective in healing the meniscus as it increases blood flow and energy circulation, speeding up the healing process.

Cartilage tears of the knee occur from wear and tear. They affect the range of motion in the knee, since the patient will walk in such a way as to avoid pain. Acupuncture stabilizes the muscles of the knee to prevent their misuse. It also reduces pain and inflammation and speeds the healing process.

Medial collateral ligament strain occurs when the two ligaments that stabilize the knee are strained. This injury occurs commonly, resulting in pain, swelling and limited movement. Acupuncture is employed to treat the pain, swelling and inflammation that occur as a result of the injury.

Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, or growing pains, occurs when adolescents grow very quickly. It occurs more frequently in boys than in girls and happens when the upper border of the shin bone (tibia) becomes inflamed because of the traction forces of rapid growth. Acupuncture helps to reduce the inflammation resulting from the traction and also helps lesson the traction forces.

Runner’s knee, also called patella femoral syndrome, occurs frequently in, as you probably guessed, runners. This chronic condition arises from friction between the knee cap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur). As a result, the thigh muscles become strained as they try to protect the knee. Acupuncture is very effective with runner’s knee, as it reduces pain and stimulates the muscles to ease tension, thereby  reducing friction and allowing normal knee function.

Bursitis in the knee, also called prepatellar bursitis, occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac at the lower end of the knee cap, becomes inflamed due to overuse. Acupuncture reduces the inflammation of this common injury and restores normal muscular tone in the area so that the friction is reduced and healing can occur.

Because of the large number of possible causes of knee pain, I discuss your health history with you and conduct a thorough examination of your knee and its tissues to determine the most expedient acupuncture remedy to will heal your knee quickly and restore complete function as quickly as possible!

For more information visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com